The anguish caused by the shooter was visible Monday outside a Newtown funeral home in the pained faces of young and old who paid their respects to 6-year-old Jack Pinto.
One of the sports fanatic’s idols, New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz, paid tribute during his game Sunday by writing “Jack Pinto My Hero” on his cleats. Afterward, the NFL player said he is “amazed” Jack’s family chose to bury the boy wearing a child-size Cruz jersey.
The 6-year-old himself was a budding athlete. Shortly before his death, he wrestled in his first match and earned a medal, said New Milford Youth Wrestling Association President Ken Linder.
Many of his teammates wore medals into Jack’s funeral Monday. Others, many of them about his age, came in Newtown youth sports shirts. The funeral home couldn’t contain the mourners, with the line extending to the street.
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